The cost of wellness
I have spent an absolute fortune over the past decade or so. So easily suckered into clever marketing, with promises of ‘more energy’ ‘amazing skin’ ‘ultimate magic potions for weight loss’. Or whatever the latest psychologically–hooking slogan may be.
It’s almost impossible not to be intrigued when a product or advert describes the answers to your very prayers, about a problem or issue that’s been on your mind, perhaps FOR YEARS! (The clever marketing fairy often delivers these products direct to your Facebook newsfeed.)
What’s good and what’s total rubbish?!
How on earth are we supposed to be able to decipher all the facts, through the influencer hype and shiny labels? Well, I have collected a whole variety of products in my overly crammed drawers that I DON’T use. These expensive and un-used products simply sit in my cupboard, collecting dust. The sheer sight of my cabinets makes it look as though I have a beauty regime that must take me hours!
I often palm them all off to visitors, as I hate throwing things away! Especially when they cost a fortune to begin with!
The bright side
So, on the plus side, I have managed (over time) to also discovered the wellness products I literally can’t live without!
Ok well, I could technically live without them, in all honesty. However, these products are very helpful additions to my day-to-day.
These particular products have actually helped me to optimize health, time or add value to my fitness regime in some way. Without being an entirely wasted expense.
The wellness products you’ll be glad you invested in
1. ‘Raw’ protein powder
After a gym session, protein powder is a great way of helping with muscle repair and can also help with toning. So I started off looking for the best bargain that had the most chocolatey label promise on it. Later, I discovered a whole heap of those types have a bunch of crap in them that have ‘zero sugar’. However, an abundance of ingredients I couldn’t actually pronounce. So not natural at all. I went to a naturopath who recommended the product ‘RAW’ to me and I haven’t looked back. Totally natural, it tastes delicious and definitely does the job.
2. Magnesium tablets
My personal trainer recommended to me that I should include more magnesium in my diet. Mainly to help with recovery after training. He also said that he takes them every night and they even help him sleep better. I’m not sure that’s a highlighted benefit, but he was pretty sure they helped him with a night of restful sleep. I started including them as well and low-and-behold, my sleep also improved. Magnesium tablets don’t have to be ridiculously expensive for you, and there’s a long list of health benefits attached to this little wee tablet. Later on, a different naturopath advised me I should be including them in my routine as well! She was delighted to hear that I already was on that bandwagon. Magnesium tablets are reported to help with bone health, heart health and can have anti-inflammatory impacts within the body (among many more benefits).
3. Coconut soap
In recent years, society has started to educate us all on plastic and the issues associated with it environmentally. I hadn’t even realized that the shower gels and shampoos I kept buying were all cased inside a plastic container. (I know I should have noticed that sooner). The more you buy, the more you are adding to this major worldwide issue. It made me a little sad in all honesty. As soon as I realized that I could get the same clean and soft outcome from a little natural bar of coconut soap, I made the switch. A tiny little change for a major environmental impact. Coconut soap or goat milk soap for the win! This also takes up half the amount of room in your shower!
I was starting to feel like the list of fads and health trends couldn’t get any longer or more expensive, but then juicing celery of a morning flew on to the scene and I couldn’t resist. I always thought to myself ‘oh stuff it I’ll just buy it’. Until I tried one that was made for me, and I have to say, this product is totally worth it. Taking a green celery juice with you to work of a morning, really does help you feel absolutely amazing. The main impacts for me were; craving coffee a hell of a lot less, feeling great for the fact I drank something green, mental clarity and concentration improvements at work, clearer skin. Shoving a whole bunch of celery through a juicer was a pretty easy task (for the benefits gained) so for me, this is a worthy purchase.
I have always had some issues with my skin and it really bothered me. I did some research and found that a really large proportion of issues relating to skin actually originate in the gut. Who knew?! So I introduced probiotics into my routine and (not instantly) but over time my skin improved. I also felt generally better. I have been to some very expensive and highly regarded health professionals, and pretty much all of them have encouraged the consumption of probiotics for a variety of reasons. So, for me, although expensive, looking after my gut seems like a worthy enough cause for me to splash out on probiotics. Pick the ones with the largest variety of ‘strains’ and you want the billions not millions! (you’ll see what I mean when you are choosing one). Or just start eating bio-active yogurt if you aren’t ready to invest.
6. Wellness Journal
This won’t be for everyone, but for me, it changed my life. I had ideas running around in my head, ‘loose goals’ and ‘guesstimated’ when I had a good or bad week with health, fitness, and wellness. When I invested in a good quality wellness journal, which actually logs your goals, sleep, mindfulness, exercise fitness and more, I noticed I had a lot more direction. You hold yourself much more accountable for your daily choices. You even start to notice patterns within your own behaviors. Then, you can look back at when you ate ‘this or that’ and how you reported you felt afterward. These records give you factual information to begin making decisions on diet choices. I find it therapeutic to write down and document my thoughts and experiences and it helps to shape your future regimes, a worthy purchase.